You are a guard hired to protect the eleventh Treacle's-Trading Company Trade Caravan on it's journey along the long, treacherous expanse of highway from the town of Tortera to Port Callibu, an infamous passageway that has come to be known as Tirek's tail. You can expect attacks from bandits looking to steal your goods, wild animals looking to make you their next meal, and rival companies looking to eliminate the competition with extreme prejudice.
Your journey begins in the staging area in Tortera where all the merchant's wagons gather to prepare for the long journey ahead. You have been assigned to the Chair's Wares section of the caravan, where the merchants of miscellaneous merchandise can be found. The Caravan is almost ready to head out; get your exploring done while you can.
>>571364 The pathfinder? You're not of a high enough rank to report to the pathfinder. You report to the guy who reports to the guy who reports to the guy who reports to the pathfinder. You already have your orders; stick with your section of wagons, and don't let anything get close to them. The sun? It's bright and warm, with hardly a cloud in the sky. Today's as good a day as any for traveling. Your fellow guards? They mostly keep to themselves; they're a gruff sort like that. The merchants are quite a bit more chatty, and seem to be in a good mood. After all, if they make it to the end, they'll make a fortune. There any particular wagons you wish to check out? Anything you're looking for?
>>571365 Ah, I need rations and my own set of water and sleeping gear. Besides that lets check out the guards and nudge them cheerfully. "Hi, nice to be here, I didnt know this place is journeyed and guarded by this many guards."
>>571366 The guards just grumble at you. There aren't actually that many of them; probably why they're grumpy, being expected to guard so many wagons with so few ponies. You have everything but sleeping gear. Lucky for you, there's a wagon just down the line carrying blankets and comforters. The merchant driving the wagon is a cheerful young earthie stallion, who perks up as you approach. "Good morning, ma'am. Making the rounds before we leave?"
>>571367 Eh… let them sulk them, us guards will know each other as time pass by. "Sure do, just checking how the others are doing before we embark on this journey. This is my first time riding on this route so I am excited." I grin and offer a hoof. "My name is Miyuki."
>>571368 He smiles back as he shakes your hoof. "Cut Wool. I specialize in blankets, pillows, and other sleepware. It's my first time along this route too. Say, you seem more cheerful than the rest of these blokes. Mind walking next to my cart when we get moving so I have somepony to talk to?" He's in the Chair's Wares section, so you could if you wanted to.
>>571369 >>571370 I raise my head and clear my mane off my face. "Ah, just through enough exercise, work and good diet I suppose. Nothing fancy really like kicking wooden poles or training in underground dojo's and such." I grin at him.
I then chuckle. "I wonder why you have to ask me to walk besides any of the merchant Cut wool? I do not mind at all, that is our job as guards is it not?" I nudge him.
Don't worry, you've already reported and signed in. You've been assigned to guard the Chair's Wares section of the convoy, which is filled with merchants carrying miscellaneous wares. Feel free to explore before the caravan heads out, but make it quick! >>571372 He blushes and rubs the back of his head. "Well, yeah, but… I kinda want you to be the one protecting my cart. If nothing else, you're good converation at least." He's making a point of not looking at you.
>>571373 "Oooohh… your kart?" I grin as I look at his kart and start to climb up on his kart and look down on him. "Is this your kart?" I then jump on another cart. "Is this?" And another, not minding the other merchants or guards as I go my ways. "Or this? Tell me?"
>>571374 There's a unicorn mare guard talking to one of the merchants who seems to specialize in Sleeping wares. There's also a buffalo pulling a cart filled with cooking utensils, a Zebra mare with a wagon filled with potions, an Earthie mare who seems to deal in perfumes, and even a Griffon pulling what looks to be a Library. Take your pick. >>571375 He blushes and covers his face with his hooves. "If you didn't want to, you could've just said no…"
>>571376 I zoomed up next to him and pat his head. "Dont worry I will protect your kart, but I also have obligation to protect other carts." I smile and offer a hoof. "Alright, what if I stay next to your cart along the journey but in case other caravans are attacked it is my duty to protect said caravans. Deal?"
>>571377 "Eh, this is true, but they help pass the time when nothing is happening, no?" He chuckles and holds out a talon for you to shake. "I am Irvone, printer and distributor of any and all works of literature. I would appreciate the opportunity; most of your compatriots are either too sulky…" He glances at the unicorn mare, who is now bouncing from cart to cart. "…Or too loopy for my tastes." >>571378 "…Deal," he agrees hesitantly as he shakes your hoof.
The signal blows, and the caravan starts moving out. Prepare to enter Tirek's Tail.
>>571379 "Don't worry, I'm no clodhopper when it comes to work, which is keeping you and your precious cargo safe. I'll do whatever dog-pawing is necessary to make sure of that. Still, care to tell a gal about all this literature you have here? At most, I'm familiar with atlases and almanacs, but I reckon you've got plenty others in storage."
"Well, we shouldn't dilly-dally too long, looks like we're off."
>>571380 "Of course," he says as he begins pulling his cart. You both walk a ways, eventually exiting the town gates. The caravan stretches on for what seems like miles in front of you, and just as far behind you. "So, you are interested in my literature? Well, I have fiction, non-fiction, reference guides, adventures, mysteries, bibliographies, documantaries, dramas, tragedies, romance novels, horror novels, even a few…" he coughs politely. "…'erotic' novels… to say nothing of the classics of griffonic and equestrian literature." >>571382 "Pleased to meet you, Tosa. Don't worry, I doubt the exitement will last. Soon you'll be asking to borrow some of my wares just to pass the time." >>571381 Nothing yet. "Well, it got that name from how dang treacherous it is. The land gets bad and tricky to navigate further on, and this is the only road that goes through that land. That also means that if somepony wants to jump you, they'll know exactly where you are."
>>571383 "I'm pretty difficulted as to which to pick, but despite being on an adventure of my own, I wouldn't mind reading those of others. Maybe something with Elephants, if you got any? Used to hear some spooky tales about really big fellas, and that name stuck in my head for some reason."
>>571384 "Um… well, there's blankets, comforters, pillows, bedsheets, pillow covers, and lingerie. Working with soft things to help you get a good nights rest is my specialty." >>571385 "Elephants, elephants…" He taps his chin thoughtfully. "I believe I have a few that I can think of. For now, though, you should probably stay vigilant; the dumber crooks always attack us shortly after we leave the gate, thinking they'll catch us off guard. Sadly, they've been right about that before."
>>571386 "Guess it's the same everyone, sometimes you get euchered and someone is running off with your stuff. 'Course, in my case it was probably one of my brothers, but I have a feeling these folks aren't willing to return things in good condition."
>>571387 So far so good, but you're beyond the town walls now. Everypony keeps glancing around. "Indeed. Not too hard to guess, with a name like Cut Wool and a shop full of bed supplies. I'm talented and creating a comfortable and satisfying final product; ponies often say my wares helped them get a better night's sleep." >>571388 "Ah, a pony-er, dog with a more expansive vocabulary!" He seems pleased by this. "Tell me, what brought about your interest in the arts of language?"
>>571389 "Oh is that so?" I give him a sly smile. "Mind if I take that proclaim of yours to the test and borrow some of your ware's? A blanket and a pillow will work fine if you ask me." I raise my head high.
>>571389 "Well, it's something I kept dry as i grew up, but I managed to find a dictionary to pass the time. Looking back, I don't know how I bored myself halfway to the underworld, but a lot of those words said they were from far off places. Started getting cravings for the outside world, had another caravan pass by and stole myself away that night and now I'm here."
>>571394 They're so surprised by your choice of weapon that not a single one of them thinks to duck. >>571393 As she staggers back from Tosa's chain-whip, you focus your magical energy into your hoof and swing, busting her jaw and sending several teeth flying as she flies backwards into a tree. You can hear ribs crack when she hits, her legs giving out as she limply slumps to the ground.
>>571397 Sure, why not. His eyes bulge as he slams into the ground, pawing feebly at the chain now wrapped around his throat. "Hey, bitch!" you hear the diamond dog shout. "Let Jerry go, or I'll take ye back to camp so all the boys can have fun with ye!" >>571396 It activates at the beginning of your turn, before you can sacrifice hits. She sits up as you kick her right between the legs, coughing up blood as she fights for breath. "You cheating whore!" The Goat bleats at you. "you're not allowed to hit them while they're down!"
>>571399 You kicked her right in the mare-parts, and you still think this is a dude? Anyway, he manages to roll away as the Goat clips you with his spear. "Damnit, hold still so I can hit you!" >>571400 The pegasus' eyes bulge as you swing him through the air, using him as an impromptu club to beat on his companion. Unamused, the diamond dog grabs hold of the pegasus and starts trying to undo your chain. "That's it, you're getting the slow and painful treatment. Hope you don't need your fingers anytime soon!"
>>571401 "Ouch! You asshole! Now taste my hoof that is trained in the dojo's of the Neighpon and its secrets are kept to foolish brigands like you for a hundred years!" "A-ge Tsuki Kami!" Soul Punch -2 HP '1d10+4'
>>571402 >>571403 His eyes go comically wide right before your hoof slams right between his eyes, the crunch of his nose getting crushed ringing out as he somersaults through the air, landing flat on his back. Meanwhile the zebra has staggered to her hooves. "Gonna… make you pay for that…" She tosses a jar of something at you! Roll to dodge! >>571404 Whipping your chain back, you send it arcing through their entire group, Sending them all helpless once more, including the zebra who only just managed to stagger to her hooves. "Fuck, you little whore! Take it easy with that thing!"
>>571406 You expertly catch the bottle and toss it back to her, her eyes going wide as she realizes what's about to happen. "Oh, you little bi-" with a *Fwoomph,* she's surrounded in a cloud of green smoke. When it clears, she's lying on the ground, groaning helplessly as she scratches furiously at the bright red spots covering her. "nnnooooo… mmmerrrcyyyyy…" >>571408 You examine him and figure out he's got a gimp leg. Though, which target is this exactly? Whatever, you get +1 against him. "We'll tie you up with that chain and beat you with it, skank! Oh wait, you'd probably like that, wouldn't you?"
The goat, diamond dog, and pegasi all scramble back up. "Now you're going to get it!"
>>571410 Taunting an armed opponent while he is in striking range is not a very smart tactic. You manage to avoid getting your throat cut, but the flat of his spear still cracks you in the head, sending you to the ground. "Medium rare, by spitroast over a slow fire, your little prick. Any last words?" >>571412 I'm sorry I missed that. At any rate, the pegasus is so neatly bound up when he lands at your feet that he can't even wriggle, his wings held open at their full expanse as he stares up at you with wide, terror-filled eyes. "No, please, anything but that! Shave my mane, pull my teeth, hell, cut off my leg, just please don't clip my wings!" His voice is cracking with fear as he begs for mercy. "I'll do anything; you want me to be your personal slave? Done! You want me to pull a wagon for you? I've got a good back! I'm sorry, I never wanted to do this, but Dorgan talked me into it! It was a stupid idea, and I'm sorry! Please! Mercy!" "You little fucking wimp!" Dorgan, apparently what the diamond dog is named, rebukes the pegasus. "You're not getting any when we've tied her up next to the campfire!" "For the love of Faust, shut up! There's no campfire, no group waiting to back us up, you're just trying to make us sound tough but it's just digging the hole deeper!"
By the way, there's more than enough chain left for you to just leave him there and get back to work.
>>571415 He's disarmed, but far from helpless as he kicks you in the teeth. "Don't need a spear to kill you, ya little shit!" A split-second later, Tosa's chain cracks him in the head, his eyes rolling back in his head as he crumples like a sack of potatoes, out like a light. >>571416 "P-P-Path, O-Open Path, m-ma'am," he stutters, still eyeing you apprehensively, like he's expecting you to do something spiteful any second now. "D-Dorgan's a decent guy… well, he's not exactly the best at socializing, but he… well, he's nice to me. Go easy on him?" "You little shit!" The diamond dog roars in pain as your chain knocks him down once more. "Once I'm done with her, I'm going to tear a couple more scars down your side! Maybe then you'll learn to actually be useful instead of an embarrassment!" "…He's not very good at showing affection, either."
>>571418 …nope, you're just gonna have to lay there for a minute. In the meantime, you need to figure out which of the two Tosa's is the real one. >>571419 He whimpers fearfully at that. Unfortunately the diamond dog has had enough. Grabbing hold of your chain, he yanks on it and pulls you right over to him, slamming his fist into your gut and knocking the wind out of you. "Not so tough up close, are ya, you sicko freak. Seriously, chains? What kind of deviant is into that shit?"
>>571421 …Oh, there she is! she was hiding behind the other two! Wait… On second thought shaking your head right after suffering a head injury probably isn't a good idea. >>571422 There's an audible crack as he screams and falls to the ground in pain, not having any witty responses for once.
>>571424 …Your leg is numb. That can't be good. >>571425 He manages to pull a reversal, but has to pause for breath as he holds you down. "Gonna… snap your neck… and fuck the hole… while you watch…" Apparently he doesn't understand physiology either.
>>571427 Of course now would be the time when Wool shows up with some of his wares. "Don't worry, I've had some medical training. First we need to support the neck-" The instant your head feels the softness of that pillow, you're out like a light. >>571428 You manage to break away from him, both of you panting from the exhertion. "You just don't know when to quit, do you?" Tosa: 7/4 hits/wounds Miyuki: Helpless/1 hits/wounds
Goat Lancer: OUT Zebra Archer: Incapacitated Pegasus Arbalier: Bound Diamond Dog Arbalier: 5/3 hits/wounds
>>571431 You examine him for any weaknesses, but you can't find… …Oh gods above; he's enjoying this far more than he ought to be. Luckily, the sight doesn't haunt you for long as your chain trips him up and makes him spin before regaining his bearings. >>571430 "Don't worry, your friend seems to have it under control."
>>571433 Oh boy. That diamond dog doesn't mind playing dirty, punching you in the side while your back is turned. "Don't ignore me, you little shit!" >>571434 However, it's enough of a boost to get Miyuki back to her hooves. Now to get back into the fight.
Tosa: 2/4 hits/wounds Miyuki: 5/1 hits/wounds
Goat Lancer: OUT Zebra Archer: Incapacitated Pegasus Arbalier: Bound Diamond Dog Arbalier: 2/3 hits/wounds
>>571435 I jump in joy and ready my stance as I point a hoof at him, and oogle his bod. "You bastard doge! Ready yourself and you shall taste the hoof of the east! Honed for a hundred years of training by the masters that kick-ass!" "Haaiiiya!!" Soul punch!! -2 '1d10+4'
>>571436 He falls to the ground with his arms pinned to his sides by the chain wrapped around his chest. "I can break these chains!"
>>571437 He's definitely keeping in shape, his body covered in rock-hard muscle that ripples and bulges in all the right places And a massive bulge in his loin cloth. Unfortunately, you're too busy oggling his bod to pay attention to where you're swinging. Your hoof is the last thing you see before everything goes black. Good night for now; you'll wake up in a bit.
Tosa: 2/4 hits/wounds Miyuki: OUT
Goat Lancer: OUT Zebra Archer: Incapacitated Pegasus Arbalier: Bound Diamond Dog Arbalier: Helpless/2 hits/wounds
>>571439 The good news? Your fist connects with his jaw, sending teeth flying as he flops around. The bad news? You pulled the chain just a little too hard, and you are now face-to-face with his crotch. And because he's upside down, the loincloth isn't hiding anything. In hindsight, it was a miracle it was hiding anything before. Good luck forgetting that image anytime soon.
Tosa: 2/4 hits/wounds Miyuki: OUT
Goat Lancer: OUT Zebra Archer: Incapacitated Pegasus Arbalier: Bound Diamond Dog Arbalier: Helpless/1 hits/wounds
>>571441 You toss him away, but that just gives him the opportunity to get back up. However, you do notice that he's limping badly, and he's favoring the arm you didn't twist. Looks like he won't last much longer… "Damn, I love it when a bitch plays rough!" "Dorgan, you are being really creepy right now!" You hear Open Path call out.
Tosa: 2/4 hits/wounds Miyuki: OUT
Goat Lancer: OUT Zebra Archer: Incapacitated Pegasus Arbalier: Bound Diamond Dog Arbalier: 5/1 hits/wounds
>>571443 You can't quite keep him back far enough to avoid taking a hit. "hehehe… almost over, little bitch…" "Seriously, cut it out! You've already lost, and you're making this worse on the rest of us! For crying out loud, show some common decency!" "Shut up, you pussy little copout! You're next when I'm bored with her!"
Tosa: 1/4 hits/wounds Miyuki: OUT
Goat Lancer: OUT Zebra Archer: Incapacitated Pegasus Arbalier: Bound Diamond Dog Arbalier: 5/1 hits/wounds
>>571452 >>571450 Well, it took far more rope than it should have, but he's immobilized. The zebra is still scratching herself, whimpering as her skin continues to torment her without relief. The goat is passed out nearby. Open Path, the pegasus Tosa captured, is shivering inside his restraints as he tries in vain to turn and look at you while unable to move his head.
"Now then, you know the punishment for Banditry. If you and your friends behave and do as your told, and I mean do everything your told, I'm sure we can put in a good word to keep the lawman a little far off. You understand me, birdy boy?"
>>571456 "Y-yes, ma'am! Your word is my command! I'll do anything you tell me to, just please, if you have any mercy in your heart, don't clip my wings. Please…" If they got turned over to the law, they'd not only get their wings clipped, but the tips would be cauterized so that the feathers would never grow back. However, the company would probably be willing to forgive and forget if they provided compensation. Say, pulling the wagons for some of the merchants… >>571457 "Glad to see you're all right there, Miyuki," Wool says. "Now, I'll see if Malaia has something to cure that zebra, and we'll get these vagabonds hitched up to the carts."
>>571648 "Well, compadre, that depends on a few things."
Sit on top of him.
"Most of the merchants here wouldn't mind if I left you a little more dinged up than you already are, a little closer to your doggy friend of yours. Thing is, I'm sure a little taffy from you might make them feel better about keeping you around."
Put my paw on his head.
"If you and the others haul your weight and then some, we might look kindly on letting you keep your wings. So whats says you? Willing to work from sun up till sun down and those extra bits too to keep your wings, on top of whatever little things a nice lass like me asks you for?"
>>571649 He gulps heavily, a shudder running down his body as you touch the back of his head. "O-of course, ma'am, a-anything! Your wish is my order. I'll be the hardest-working colt you've ever seen! Though, um… out of curiosity…" he blushes and looks away- well, his eyes do, since he can't move his head. "N-nevermind. It's not important."
"Anyways, now that the deal has been struck, I'll let the others know. They ask you to pull a cart, you do so. Someone asks for a hoof massage, you do it. Anyone needs a bed time story read, they only tell you once or they start chopping off those feathers of yours and make a hat out of them."
Lift him up in his bundle of chains and stare him in the eye.
>>571651 His lip trembles as he fights to force the words out. "It's not my decision… it's yours. You own me now, I am your… property…" his voice cracks up at this, leaving him fighting to hold back tears as he struggles to continue. "…And as your property, it is you who decides what I do. Tell me to do as you said… and I will do it." His eyes are wide and scared, but there's also a hint of something twinkling in the back. Deception? no… anger? uh-uh… He seems rather calm about this.
"As long as you remember those words and don't wind up as some tendsome filly, you'll be able to keep those precious wings of yours."
Start carrying him over my shoulder and see if I can go grab the others too.
"We're going to get you fitted with a nice piece of iron jewelry for those hooves of y'all and especially for your wings. Every night, I'm going to tie you up and have you sleep at my feet and those of the other guards. Don't try anything funny and you might just get to use them when we let ya."
>>571653 You carry him off as you go to collect the others. The diamond dog is tied up tight and getting dragged off by several other guards. The zebra is getting some sort of bath by the wagon of the zebra mare who sells perfumes; at least she isn't itching anymore. You're only really able to retrieve the goat, who's still out for the count. You can hear a soft sniffling sound coming from behind you, but when you turn around there's no one there. The sniffling sound is still behind you. …Is he crying?
>>571655 "I know," he sniffles. "I knew this would end badly from the moment Dorgan told us about it, but he just kept telling me I was being a wimp…" Hiccuping, he fights to get the tears back under control. "I didn't wanna do it. I don't want to be here, I don't wanna be a robber or a free-liver or any of that stuff he told me… I-I just…" He chokes up. "I-I just wanna go home! I wanna go home! I'll take the beating, I'll gladly do the chores for the next ten years, I'll listen to mom and dad next time the tell me someone's bad, if I just… I wanna go home…"
>>571656 "And I wanna see the world, but both of us are right here, right now. Listen, you do what you're told, and you do it well, you might actually see your house. Maybe they'll even keep ya on board as an honest to goodness em-ploy-ee."
Put him back under my arm and keep walking towards any blacksmith or metal seller.
"However, don't forget your words. Right now, you belong to me, and by extension, all these righteous folks who count themselves as my employer. Once we get you fitted, me and the other guard will probably use you as pillows or paw stools or whatever we deem necessary or entertaining."
"Just remember, you take your licks now, and you might end up better for it."
>>571658 "Don't know if you managed to catch the show, but these here varmints tried their hoof at banditry. Needless to say, it didn't work out. He took a proper lacing and now we intend to make them pay their way like civilized peoples. Hoping you could press some shackles and such for their hooves and fly-boy's wings here."
>>571659 He just tilts his head at you. "Why didn't ye jest kill 'em? It's faster and simpler." Path has gone completely rigid in your grip. "It's not like they'd be missed; fer each one we cut down, three more pop up."
>>571660 Put him down and run a claw over his neck.
"That was the original idea, but this group proved to be easier to deal with than a sick squirrel after drinking himself stupid. Figured we could make them pull the carts. Plus, you need someone to do something you don't wanna do, you've got two volunteers right here."
"Well, one volunteer and one unconscious goat, but he'll be available soon."
>>571661 "Well, can't argue with that logic. Come here, big boy, let's get ye fitted fer yer new bracelets." Path just sits there, staring off at nothing in particular. "Err, miss? We kin get started on the goat's, but… could ye take those chains off'f him so we kin get to work?"
>>571663 He blinks, chewing on his bottom lip as he processes this… and nods dumbly, continuing to stare straight ahead even as he's led over to where the manacles are being made. "Want them to be a tight fit, ye know. After all, yer wearing them fer the rest of yer life." There's a round of laughter that sweeps through the metalworkers at that. Already the goat's manacles are almost done, his unconsciousness contributing to the ease with which they were fitted.
>>571665 He clinks loudly as he stumbles over, wincing and limping as he goes where you instructed. The smith's didn't wait for the metal to fully cool before clapping the manacles on; his legs are pretty badly burned. Wordlessly, he lays down on his belly, ears drooping as he rests his chin on the ground, rolling his shoulders once to adjust the thick leather vest trapping his wings against his body.
>>571667 He hisses as you start washing the burns, but manages to stay completely still. With his cooperation, you're able to wash all of his legs off rather quickly. As you're turning away, he finally speaks up. "Why?" he asks quietly. "Why do you care?"
>>571669 He thinks about that for a minute. The other ones didn't get burned as badly, except for the goat, but he's still loopy. "…Could we… get me a nametag or something?" He glances away, a slight blush coming to his cheeks. "Maybe a collar… so that everyone will know I'm yours?" He fights to remain relaxed but can't help but give you a hopeful glance.
"I guess, you did surrender to me in particular. Tell you what, next morning, I'll see if the scrap sellers have anything and I can use my claws to put my name on it. It's a weird suggestion coming from you, but it works, so what the hay? Now then, like I said before, you do as a I say. No more words out of your mouth for the whole night while I fall asleep. Tomorrow is when you start paying us back."
>>571671 Though he's blushing brightly, it's pretty clear he's happy about the idea. He barely manages to catch himself from giving you a confirmation, his jaw snapping shut as he nods, returning to his position on his belly as you instructed him.
>>571672 Toss a blanket on them, the nights can get cold.
Go back to Path, put a blanket on him, and sit on his back.
"My brothers kept taking my things, so I got used to keeping most of my precious things near me as much as possible. Seeing as how you belong to me, I won't be hearing any complaints coming from you tonight, tomorrow, or ever."
>>571673 It takes you a moment to get comfortable, finally getting in a good position to sleep. Then, after a moment, he sits up a little, craning his head back in order to tuck your blanket in around you, before returning to his assigned position.
Tosa You wake up well-rested and refreshed from having a warm mattress to sleep on. Your mattress, however, is looking a little bleary-eyed this morning. To his credit, though, Path managed to avoid moving an inch last night. Maybe his special talent is actually being a mattress?
>>572592 For Security purposes (and because I hadn't really given them much personality in the first place), you've only been assigned the one prisoner to guard. You'll be able to guard more in the future, but for now, Path is all you've got. There's a small gathering of ponies and other equines nearby cooking various vegetative dishes. Path keeps his head down and ears flat as he clinks along beside you.
>>572594 Irvone, the book-selling griffon, waves to you from off to the side. You recognize a few of the ponies by sight, but not by acquaintance. Most of this caravan is a collection of strangers. Eventually, it comes your turn for rations. "One carnivorous meal, coming right up!" It's some eggs, bacon, and hash browns. nothing elegant, but enough to fill your stomach.
>>572596 The cook grumbles, then goes to the waste bin, eventually returning with a plate of cut-off ends, roots, and basically all the parts of the plants considered unfit for cooking. "Guess we can't let him starve, but he's not benefiting from my hard work." You manage to contain your salivation. For the most part.
>>572598 "Oh, it is magnificent, my friend! So, the troublemaker finds he has only made trouble for himself, eh?" Path just keeps his head down and his eyes on the ground, waiting for instructions from you. "Come, sit, sit! I enjoy speaking with you, my friend."
>>572600 "I'm used to it," he quietly acknowledges. "Thanks for remembering to feed me." He hunkers down underneath the table near you and starts tearing into his 'food,' holding it close as he shoves as much food in his mouth as he possibly can while still remaining quiet, his eyes darting about as if he expects someone to try and take the food from him. "These attacks, they are expected, you know? I am happy because of how easily they were dealt with! Surely this is a good omen for the rest of our trip."
>>572601 "I hope you're right. 'Course, I'll still be on the chain if anyone else tries to mix it up with up. Maybe seeing others like Open Path here getting put to work will make 'em think twice about their plans."
>>572602 Well, the cook certainly knows how to do his job. Your food is gone in no time! "I doubt it. Either their skulls are too thick to see that they would suffer the same fate, or they are too cowardly to defy the leader. Whose skull is often thick." Irvone eyes Path appraisingly as he wipes his beak. "Say… what plans to you have for that one, exactly? Anything specific yet, or…?"
>>572603 "First thing I need to remind him is that he belongs to me. Second if that he'll be doing work and earning his keep. Seeing as how we just have open road ahead of us, I was thinking of offering him to you so you can read while he pulls. I'd say it's a fair way to start the first day of the rest of the life he owes me."
>>572604 "Ah! Then we are of like minds on the matter! …Pardon my asking, but, ah… what would 'reminding him' entail, exactly? I do not wish to have any blood getting on my books…" Path's ear twitches as he stiffens, gulping down his last mouthful.
>>572605 "Nothing of the like! I'm pretty protective of my property, no way I'm risking putting him out of commission. All I meant to do was make sure he was tied real tight to the cart and bring the chains along if he starts getting uppity."
Look down at Path.
"Even I'm getting tired of repeating this, but if you try anything, you'll be lucky if I manage to cook you into overland trout. The others here won't be so kind when dealing with property that starts trying to leave on its own."
"Irvone, you ready? I can tie him up for you and you can read in peace if you want."
>>572606 "Ah, yes! As a matter of fact, I am! I shall take our dishes back; go ahead and hitch him to my cart." Once he leaves with your dishes, Path sighs and rests his chin on the bench. "I get it, okay? Same deal as back with the gang, same deal as before that: I step out of line, I get messed up and what's left of me gets tossed in the gutter." He starts tilting his head upward before jerking it back down and clenching his eyes shut. "You… you let me keep my wings, even if I can't use them right now. I've got nothing to gain from misbehaving, and a lot to lose."
"Sorry, but you're in a bit of a tizzy, aren't you? I gotta make sure I press it in, but I'm not so cruel as to hurt you. As long as you do as your told, everything will be fine. Besides, these are hard working folks out to make ends meet. You'll be asked to pull carts or clean things up, but it's honest work. Keep your eyes and ears focused on that and you;ll see it isn't so bad."
>>572608 He sighs and relaxes as you pet him. "I know; I usually get the grunt work anyway. I'm just… I'm scared. Not all of those ponies are as nice as you, and fewer have your inhibitions about hurting us… hurting me. That's… part of why I want a collar. It's… something to remind me that I'm yours, yes, but… it would also be a protection against the rest of them. A way for you to be protecting me, even when you're not present, if you will. …I don't know why I started thinking about this, but it just… sorta makes sense."
>>572610 You are a guard hired to protect the eleventh Treacle's-Trading Company Trade Caravan on it's journey along the long, treacherous expanse of highway from the town of Tortera to Port Callibu, an infamous passageway that has come to be known as Tirek's tail. You can expect attacks from bandits looking to steal your goods, wild animals looking to make you their next meal, and rival companies looking to eliminate the competition with extreme prejudice.
The caravan set out yesterday, and was almost immediately attacked by bandits. Your fellow guards swiftly repulsed them, even taking some of them prisoner.
It is currently breakfast-time. Line up and get your rations.
>>572609 "It'll really drive home the fact that your property too. You sure about that? On one paw, it'll protect you. On another, it'll condemn you. Maybe in the future you could take it off, but it'll still exist and your neck will always know the weight of it."
"I can probably find some scraps to put together, but this is your last chance. I don't like doing things in half-measures."
>>572612 It takes him several moments of thought and strained breathing to respond. "…I've never been free. Not really. If it wasn't the leader of the gang, it was the guy with the most muscle, the most influence, telling me where to go, what to do. The truth is, I've never made a single meaningful decision in my life." He takes a deep, shuddering breath, his lips trembling as he steels himself. "So here and now, I'm deciding to make my own choice, for the first and probably last time. I may never be free… but I can at least choose my master." He kneels down, shaking nervously as he fights himself, before the shudders go still. Slowly, he leans forward and gently kisses your foot. "I am yours, body, mind, and soul, from now until the day I die. If you will have me…" >>572613 Eventually, you reach the cook who is currently passing out food. "One herbivore meal, coming right up!" It's SugarGrass and Prench Toast for breakfast today. There's a couple different merchants you can sit with, or you can go eat by yourself.
>>572615 He blinks in surprise, then smiles warmly. "Of course! It's been a while since I've cooked for others with such tastes. It would be a pleasure." There's a couple of guards sulking in the corner; they don't look very talkative. There's also a zebra mare, an earth pony, and a unicorn. >>572616 "Bad guy? You are the first pony-er, dog- to really show me any kindness. Trust me, this is what I want." He fidgets nervously. "Though… would it be too much to ask that I be allowed to fly every now and then?" There's actually a merchant that specializes in customized belt buckles. That could work. Then you'd just need to stop by the belt merchant nearby and pick up a suitably thick belt.
>>572618 Yep, they're right next to each other. In fact, it looks like they're run by brothers. "'Ello!" "'Ello there!" "Welcome to my shop-" "They're here for my shop, brother dear." "Preposterous! My wares are far superior to yours!" "But our products are required to work together, brother dear." "Quite right, dear brother, quite right. So, what can I-" "-He means me-" "-I mean we, do for you today?" >>572619 The zebra mare is sitting in a pretty quiet spot, calmly acknowledging your presence as you sit before returning to her food.
>>572622 "Ah yes!" "Of course, of course!" "Allow us!" "Allow me." They both descend upon a very nervous Path, poking, prodding, wrapping measuring tape around his belly and neck, muttering and bickering all the while. "Anything you would like the collar's buckle to say?" "Yes, perhaps a name or a date." "Or a destination, perhaps." "Two names?" "Possibly. Would you like the collar to have spikes?" "Make him keep his neck nice and straight!" "Make's him intimidating, too." >>572621 As she sets her plate aside, she folds her hooves and examines you. "Forgive me, for I do not mean to pry but in you I do sense more than meets the eye."
>>572624 "Quite right, quite right." "Quite pragmatic, indeed." "Don't you mean practical, brother dear?" "Indeed, my dear brother, that's what I said, isn't it?" A few headache-inducing moments later, they finally emerge with two large belts. the first is small and clearly meant to be the collar, made of tall, thick belt material with a single metal buckle, bearing stylized feathers and wind gusts around the letters "T O S A" The second is not a belt at all, but an oversized saddle modified to completely cover his folded wings. "Will these satisfy?" "Of course they will; we made them, didn't we?" "You never know, brother dear."
>>572626 "Zenthia is my name, a merchant of smells, peddling perfumes, powders, and occasionally spells. The work satisfies, for I have a knack though my most popular products are aphrodisiacs." She smirks knowingly. "Now I am introduced, as you did ask; So may I be enlightened on who I speak to at last?" >>572627 "Just our job, miss." "How we make a living!" Granted, there's a lot of metalwork involved, but the majority of this is leather and other belt materials. An iron collar would weigh him down and make his neck weak, and an iron saddle would probably break his back. Path eyes them both appraisingly, shying away from the saddle instintively. However, the collar seems to command most of his attention.
>>572628 "I am Luvi, follower of the Walking Ways elucidated by our Princesses. As a crystal pony, I am closest to Cadence, though I will take lessons from the others also. I am primarily a warmage, to hone both mind and body to reach heaven by the means of violence. You are a peddler on this caravan too?"
>>572629 They return the thanks once they've been paid and return to their shops. "Come back soon!" "But if she comes back soon, it means our product isn't working." "Oh, right. Come back eventually!" "He means come by anytime!" "But what if she comes while we're sleeping?" "Then we'll work in our pajamas." "Brilliant!" Path is turning the collar over in his hooves, finally holding it still as he examines the buckle. Finally, he chuckles and gives a slight grin. "It's… nicer than anything I've ever worn before." He holds it out to you and tilts his head to expose his neck. >>572630 "Indeed it is so, though if I may, I would ask that you accompany me today."
>>572631 "You asked for this in lot's of ways, partner."
Make sure I get it on tight.
"But, that doesn't mean I have to make you suffer for it."
Then loosen it a little. I don't need to choke the poor horse.
"I am thinking of keeping you for the rest of your natural life, but if you do good, I could see it in me, and I could talk to the others, to reconsider your situation in the future. Now, let's get a move on. Irvone is waiting for us."
>>572632 He rubs his neck experimentally, getting used to the feel of the collar. Then he smiles, though there is at least some sadness in it. "…Thank you." He walks with a somewhat straighter posture as you go to Irvone's wagon. Sure enough, Irvone is already there waiting for you. "Ah, there you are! I was worried you had skipped out on me! Ah, I see the pet has some new accessories, eh? You make sure they are on good and tight?" >>572633 "Some company on the road would certainly be nice, But for now I seek you for a different device. Later this day, we shall near a place where a carnivorous pack of wolves lies in wait for a feast. Given the chance, they would leave too little of us for a hearse, So it is thus I propose that we strike them first."
>>572635 Will wait until Knight returns to initiate combat. As you walk beside her, Zenthia fills you in on this pack of wolves. Apparently they've attacked the caravan every time they've passed through this area, often dragging several ponies off to be eaten. This year, however, she wants to attack them first and try to wipe them out.
>>572637 It takes a bit of straining, grunting, and a bit of chafing on Path's part, but soon the two of you have him hooked up to the cart and ready to begin. He pulls experimentally, then smiles softly as he nods. "Alright. This isn't so bad." "Just wait until the middle of the day," Irvone cautions him. "When you're sweating buckets you may sing a different tune." You're approached by a zebra and a crystal ponyBDN. The zebra speaks up. "Good day to you, and well met. Is a moment of your time something I can get?"
>>572643 "A few times have ponies been sent that way, but they did not act to prevent the problem today. To drive them off, we must strike at their nest, Destroy where they sleep and get their rest. Simply backing them off will no longer do; The time has come to get rid of them too."
>>572644 "You're right. It ain't enough to just cork a gopher's hole, or a wolf's den. Let me get mah gear, but do you have anything that might help throw them off our scent. I don't want them following us to get some revenge."
>>572645 "Ah, yes, how forgetful of me. I've already prepared for that problem, you see." Reaching into her bags, she pulls out a bottle of some greenish fluid and tosses it to you. "Pour this on your hooves to mask your scent. The wolves will have no warning of your intent." Path paws the ground nervously. "Isn't this, you know… dangerous? What if you get hurt out there?"
>>572647 She blinks innocently. "What is this? You ask my trade secrets to tell, When I've already assured you that all will be well?" She chuckles lightly. "It's purpose is to mask your scent. I much doubt it could be used for any other intent." >>572648 "Taking me down doesn't take much…" he mutters softly. "I'll make sure this cart keeps moving, then. I'll… see you when you get back."
>>572649 "Hey, don't sell yourself so short. You made me have to reach out to get you, that's something. But yeah, don't worry about anything else but doing your job. We'll be back before you know it."
>>572650 >>572651 TIME SKIP Having split off from the main caravan, you are now deep inside the woods, following the zebra mare as she leads you to a large clearing. Your hooves and paws are still sticky from that potion, but at least it just smells like… the absence of smell. "The wolves den lies just ahead. I hope they chose to stay in bed."
>>572653 There's about five of them walking around outside of a cave in the back. There's a large one that's probably the sentry, judging by the way he's sitting on the highest rock and overlooking the rest of the pack. There's a she-wolf beside him that's probably his mate. One is laid out on the ground napping, while the other two are play-fighting.
Wolf Sentry: 6/4 hits/wounds Wolf mate: 6/5 hits/wounds Wolf Layabout: 4/5 hits/wounds Wolf hunter: 5/5 hits/wounds Wolf Scout: 5/5 hits/wounds
>>572656 A spear of pure fire and arcane energy forms beside you, drawing the attention of every wolf in the area. They snarl as they drop into aggressive stances and advance on you. >>572657 The Sentry and his Mate are safe up on the rocks, but the other three are sent sprawling!
Tosa: 7/5 hits/wounds Luvi: 5/5 hits/wounds
Wolf Sentry: 6/4 hits/wounds Wolf mate: 6/5 hits/wounds Wolf Layabout: Helpless/4 hits/wounds Wolf hunter: Helpless/4 hits/wounds Wolf Scout: Helpless/4 hits/wounds
>>572660 The scout "hurrs?" in confusion as your chain wraps around it, tying it's forelegs to it's chest. >>572661 He yelps and whimpers as he's engulfed by flames, rolling around desperately baying as he tries to put himself out.
Tosa: 7/5 hits/wounds Luvi: 5/5 hits/wounds
Wolf Sentry: 6/4 hits/wounds Wolf mate: 6/5 hits/wounds Wolf Layabout: Helpless/4 hits/wounds Wolf hunter: Helpless/3 hits/wounds DC 5+ TO HIT Wolf Scout: Helpless/4 hits/wounds Grappled
>>572663 The scout howls as you spin him around faster and faster until he becomes a blur, then swinging him into his packmate with an impact so hard you hear bones crack. The Sentry pounces at you! Roll to dodge! >>572664 You pin the hunter to the ground, then rip your spear from it's chest. Quick and clean.
Tosa: 7/5 hits/wounds Luvi: 5/5 hits/wounds
Wolf Sentry: 6/4 hits/wounds Wolf mate: 6/5 hits/wounds Wolf Layabout: Helpless/4 hits/wounds Wolf hunter: DEAD Wolf Scout: Helpless/2 hits/wounds
>>572666 It manages to latch onto your arm, hanging on tenatiously! -1 TO ALL ROLLS. CANNOT USE CLEAVE WHILE INCAPACITATED. MUST ROLL TO SHAKE THE WOLF OFF. >>572667 The Mate pounces you and knocks you to the ground!
>>572684 Your chain wraps around its throat so tightly its eyes begin to bulge, kicking around everywhere in an attempt to get free. Unfortunately this results in dirt getting kicked into your eyes. >>572685 You finish it off with a great bout of flame and carnage, barbequeing it on Tosa's chain and leaving the metal glowing red-hot.
Tosa: 7/4 hits/wounds Luvi: 5/3 hits/wounds
Wolf Sentry: DEAD Grappled Wolf mate: 2/4 hits/wounds Wolf Layabout: Helpless/2 hits/wounds Wolf Scout: 1/2 hits/wounds
>>572687 You hurl the body into it's mate, scorching her with the red-hot chains and covering her with her late mate's body fluids as she writhes on the ground. >>572688 Still, that's a pretty damn impressive hit! The wolf's barely clinging to life now.
Tosa: 7/4 hits/wounds Luvi: 5/3 hits/wounds
Wolf mate: Helpless/3 hits/wounds Wolf Layabout: 4/2 hits/wounds Wolf Scout: Helpless/1 hits/wounds
>>572691 Damn, you've really got some pent-up anger over your family, don't you? The poor wolf-pack's decimated by your furious chain-swinging. >>572692 You finish it off with a powerthrust of Muatra. Only one remains.
Tosa: 7/4 hits/wounds Luvi: 5/3 hits/wounds
Wolf mate: Helpless/1 hits/wounds Wolf Layabout: DEAD Wolf Scout: DEAD
>>572695 You're seeing pretty clearly now. Your eyes are creating a lot of tears to clear out the dirt. That's the only reason. Because you've got dirt in your eyes. That's why you're tearing up. Yeah. >>572696 With a mournful howl, the last one dies. However, it seems there are probably more further into the cave…
>>573407 The caravan's just fine; it's early morning for you. As for the bandits from yesterday, the pegasus is pulling a cart for that griffon who sells books; you notice he's sporting a new wing-restraining saddle and a large collar bearing a buckle that says "T O S A." However, the leader is pulling a cart back behind Cut Wool, wearing heavy-looking manacles and chains. There is also another guard nearby; a Diamond Dog, in fact. He's a big one, too.
>>573415 The prisoner mumbles something very loudly around his gag that sounds extremely insulting.
The guard doesn't answer you for a minute, his eyes simply running up and down your body. Finally, he smiles slyly at you. "No trouble, once we got the gag in," he rumbles, reaching up and stretching slowly. His muscles ripple and bulge, stretching his skin taught as he reaches for the sky. Since he's not wearing much aside from some shoulder armor and a pair of shorts, you get a good look at the entire show. "So… what's your name?"
>>573419 I just glance at the prisoner as I clench my teeth.. as I stare at the guard I just clear my throat and look the other way and just let out a tired breath. "That is good to hear, I was just concerned about the well-being of the caravans. If we are only near civilization we could have just dumped them in the prisons, but well since we are now here we got no choice but to… babysit them am I right?" I glance at the guard and give him a confident and challenging look as I raise my head. "My name is Miyuki sir." I stare at him slowly just glancing at his bod for a moment before looking away.
>>573426 He steps forward until he's towering over you, looking down with a smile that carries something… knowing? "I'm Bigspear. It is nice to see you, Miyuki." His gaze openly shifts to your flanks, his smile widening before he looks back down at you. "So, Miyuki. The caravan doesn't set out for a while yet this morning. Care to join me as I make my rounds?" His entire body is like one mass of muscles, all of them swelled and taught beneath his skin. He could probably pick you up and throw you like a football if he wanted to.
>>573428 I raise an eyebrow at him a bit unsure of why he is staring funny at me. I then lower my tail to cover my flank. "We can do a round to check on the other caravans, though who will guard him?" I point at the prisoner. I shake my head to try to clear out any thoughts that are unnecessary. '1d10'
>>573431 …You're no fun. "The shopkeeper can keep an eye on him. Right, Bert?" "Right!" Calls a rather large earth pony, who cracks a whip for emphasis. "So," Bigspear growls warmly as he scratches you behind the ear, "Why don't you come with me for a while? Let me… show you around?"
>>573435 I chuckle as he scratch my ears and flick his paws away. "H… hey, that tickles, we are on guard duty you know that, alright lets have a look around shall we? With how these bandits are able to creep up so close to us it will be good to keep an eye around right?" I then follow Big spear around and keep my eyes on the horizon for anything. '1d10'
>>573442 W.. what the? I look at him a bit disturbed as I blush and gulp at the sudden sight in front of me. I then lower my tail even more to cover myself. "Uhhmmm…. yes Bigspear, I mean yeah I slept alright, how about you?" I try to said in a confident tone. "Hot weather today is it not ehehe… "
>>573458 I then tilt my head a bit confused before contemplating. "Well one can keep close to the campfire right? That is practically easy but I guess I can help you set up one if you are having trouble. I mean are you having trouble with that? That is basic survival skills." I smile at him before looking away so I would not glance at anything.
>>573458 >>573473 With that I then look over at the horizons again to keep a close eye on activities that may disturb the camp. '1d10' "It looks like to be safe for now, this place that we picked up to camp is very secure if you ask me."
>>573473 >>573474 Very secure. In fact… you notice that you've both wandered into a very secluded part of the caravan. "Actually, I think I just found one." Suddenly his arms are wrapped around you, pulling you close to his chest before you can react. It's like being surrounded by muscle, squeezed gently but firmly from every direction, your forelegs pinned to your chest as you feel his hot breath on your ear. "So, what do you say, pretty pony?"
>>573481 "W.. what!? Hey!" I gasp as he picked me up, seeing him hugging me tight I try to get off of his grapple. '1d10-2' "W.. What are you doing? Stop it!" I gasp at him as I try to avert my face from him.
>>573505 >>573498 >>573507 Wub roll is higher. You go limp in his grasp, allowing him to embrace you once more, his other hand beginning to rub your chest as he nibbles your ear. "Yes, I am a guard. Why am I doing this? Because I know it feels good, and feeling good makes ponies happy. You are very pretty pony, but very tense; very unhappy. I want to make you happy, Miyuki. I want to make you feel good…" And you have to admit… it's working. This feels… really, really good…
>>573509 I should not… I really should not but it feels good…. With that I let him rub my belly as I raise my head to slowly nuzzle to his neck. "Gaah.. no we should not… this is embarrasing. What if someone saw us?" I gasp.
>>573518 "No one will see us, Miyuki," he rumbles approvingly, kissing you on the nose as you start sliding lower down his body. "This part of caravan not going to have anyone come for a few hours. We have all the time in the world…" Fade to Steam
>>573557 It look to be a copy of Gall Liver's Travels: The Director's Edition. "Eh, a few were mildly entertaining, but certainly nothing to sing about. I tell you, the writing industry today, it is ridiculous- the same thing over and over again with slightly different skins each time."
>>573562 "You're talking to a gal whose lived under a mountain most of her life. All these common things to you, I kind of want to pick up my own cart and bring 'em back to the folks. Maybe my brothers might be able to pick up something close to an edumacation. So, what's that story about? Give me something to ponder before I go out and do my rounds."
>>573575 He gives you the cliffs-notes versions of not-Gulliver's Travels. "These novels of which I speak, though, they are no good for brain. They are fluff, mindless romances with no logic or thought. This one," He gestures to a book with a picture of an apple being held by two pale white hooves, "Is the worst of the bunch. A girl - with no personality of her own! - goes to a town surrounded by fog, only to find VAMPIRES! Oh, but these are only misunderstood vampires, who fall in love with her for some reason or something. and then she dies, only she doesn't die, and has half-pony, half-vampire babies. Did I mention these vampires SPARKLE when exposed to sunlight?"
>>573655 He just stares at you. "…You poor, neglected girl." Suddenly, he stands, snapping his wings out with purpose as he puffs his chest, accidentally cracking Path on the rump, who just jumps and flattens his ears while lowering his head. "I shall show you the world you have been missing!" With that, he grabs you and pulls you inside his cart.
>>573687 You spend the rest of the day getting sucked into the world of Dracula, Gulliver, and countless other stories of adventure and mystique. You have to practically get dragged off to go take care of the wolves.
All right, the party is currently gathered outside the wolves lair. There are four paths into the cave that you can see: The north, the northeast, the East, and the southeast. Which path do you wish to take?
>>574260 As a canine yourself, the scents and air currents are something you can read like the back of your paw. The air current from the North is slow and meandering; the tunnel probably curves in on one of the other tunnels somewhere. The Northeast smells of Wolves and meat; that's probably where most of them are gathered. The East has a cool, constant aircurrent. There must be another exit on the other end of this tunnel. The air from the Southeast tunnel is still and unmoving. Must be a dead end.
>>574267 You move forward without problems, finding your path mostly unblocked. You come to a crossroads; one path splits north, smelling of wolves and meat; The other continues east, still carrying the cool, constant aircurrent. You also pick up the faint scent of wolves; there must be sentries in the back.
>>574321 Damn, girl! The weights on the end of your chain shatters and crushes everything in it's path, ending by smashing into the first wolf's stomach. That's definitely going to cause internal bleeding.
Tosa: 7/4 hits/wounds
Wolf 1: Helpless/1 hits/wounds Wolf 2: Helpless/5 hits/ wounds Wolf 3: Helpless/4 hits/wounds
>>574388 Well, you were sent to clear out a cave full of wolves that were harrassing the caravan. Tosa went one way, while you went the other. You find a room with several wolves settled down to rest, including several nursing mothers. As you enter, three of the wolves move to block you as the rest start herding the pups over into a corner.
Miyuki: 5/5 hits/wounds
Wolf 1: 5/5 hits/wounds Wolf 2: 6/5 hits/wounds Wolf 3: 6/6 hits/wounds
>>574399 My HP should be at 5/5 now Looks like my luck is holding out, thats a close call! Now lets put out these wolves out of comission! PLANT A HOOF ON WOLF! "AKUMA NO KEN!!" Soul punch. -2 hp '1d10+4'
>>574412 "Stop that!" I look at the wolf as I recover my stance and seeing the other one standing up I look at the one I am facing and rush it, with hooves raised! "Sutā no hidzume!!" Soul punch! -2 health '1d10+4'
>>574413 >>574414 Wolf three goes flying! You're really cracking bones right now! Seeing how bad things are getting, the mothers and pups just cower in the corner, trying to make themselves as small as possible.
Miyuki: 3/5 hits/wounds
Wolf 1: Helpless/3 hits/wounds Wolf 2: 6/2 hits/wounds Wolf 3: Helpless/4 hits/wounds
>>574421 By Celestia this is not good. I then gather my strength as I run and make a charge! Using myself as a cannon I direct my hoof to Wolf 2 and attempt to knock him out!! "Hiiyyaa! Soulpunch! -2 health '1d10+4'
>>574431 As you kick, you feel a twinge as something back there reminds you of just what you were up to this morning, making you collapse on the ground in an embarassing position. The wolves are now at a complete loss as to what to make of you.
Miyuki: Helpless/3 hits/wounds
Wolf 1: Helpless/3 hits/wounds Wolf 2: 6/2 hits/wounds Wolf 3: 6/4 hits/wounds
>>574443 You're the one who would have gotten put down- if not for the massive paw that grabs hold of your collar and yanks you away into a familiar embrace. "Pet pony should be more careful," Bigspear rumbles as he backs off from the wolves, still holding you close. "Wolves not as gentle as me."
Miyuki: 3/3 hits/wounds
Wolf 1: Helpless/3 hits/wounds Wolf 2: 5/2 hits/wounds
>>574444 I look back at him and tremble a bit. "B.. bigspear? What are you doing here?!" I grit my teeth as I look at the wolves. "Well now that you are here, pray that we take down these bastards before we are ripped to pieces!"
>>574445 You stumble as you force your way out of his grip. Luckily, he blocks the wolves from being able to attack you. "Silly pet pony. Why you go in without me? Now you are hurt because I not here to protect you."
Miyuki: 3/3 hits/wounds
Wolf 1: Helpless/3 hits/wounds Wolf 2: 5/2 hits/wounds
>>574451 Actually, you are very much alone in this room right now… Aside from the very large doge now holding you close. Despite your protests, it looks like you're going to be here for a while longer…
Tosa and Miyuki meet up back in the crossroads of the cave, with Miyuki accompanied by the massive diamond dog guard Bigspear, whose weapon reflects his name, with Miyuki bearing a noticeable limp that makes her collar jingle.
There's only one cavern left to explore; this must be where most of the wolves are centralized around.
>>574574 I smile warmly at Tosa as I lower my tail and stand straight. "Hey… we have took care of a wolf den containing a family east of here. We have taken care of the three patriarchs and left the matriarchs and their childs alone."
>>574591 "Yuppers. Trying to keep him on the straight and narrow. If all it takes is a firm voice and a few pats on the back, well, I can't do anything else but that. Our fight seemed to have taken a lot out of him, hopefully I can add some work ethic in."
>>574590 >>574591 As you enter the center chamber, countless eyes turn your way, glowing yellow in the dim lighting. There is a large rock dominating the center of the room, towering several feet into the air. Sitting on top of that rock is the biggest wolf you have ever seen. He is covered in scars all over his silver pelt that bulges around swollen muscles, his bared fangs as long as any knife and twice as sharp. Leaping down to meet you, he howls to the sky, the sound reverberating up and down the tunnels as several wolves join him to repel the invaders. To repel you. "I take care of rest of pack!" Bigspear yells to you as he dives into the fray. "You go for leader; they run when he dies!"
>>574599 "Yes we shall but after we taken care of that bastard." I point at the alpha wolf
>>574596 I scrunch as I still clearly limp and look at Bigspear in disdain as he jumps into the fray. I then hope in my heart that his abuse~ of me earlier will not hurt my fighting capabilites
I then look at the alpha wolf and steel myself as I gather my chi-energy from my horn nad into my hoofs as I look at the wolf. "Prepare yourself! I'll make you mincemeat you ass! Hiyaaa!" I jump at the alpha with my chi-focused hoof directly flying to his face "Sutā no hidzume!!" Soul punch!! -2 on alpha '1d10+4'
>>574599 You just barely manage to knock them all back, but the Alpha bites down on your chain and starts pulling you in! Roll once to keep from getting pulled in, then again to try and get your chain free! >>574603 A good solid hit that pushes him back a few feet, but he stays standing. He's going to be tough to take down.
>>574608 I pant as Ianded a solid hoof to that wolf when suddenly my hind legs buckle at the stress, still tired weak to undertake this fight. I then grit my teeth as I look at Bigspear with a scrunch and a blush. "T.. this is your fault." I breath in a low voice when suddenly I saw Tosa being dragged.
>>574611 "Tosa!" I then tried to stand up straight and go to the alpha wolf and buck his teeth off! '1d10'
>>574614 You knock a tooth loose, keeping Tosa from getting pulled any closer. Unfortunately, one of his lackeys pounces at you! Roll to dodge! >>574611 With Miyuki's help, you manage to keep from getting pulled any farther. Now roll to get your chain free!
>>574618 Dodged so perfectly, you redirect it into one of the other wolves! That probably hurt! >>574620 When Miyuki redirects it, you fail to correct in time and end up getting rugburn from your own chain!
>>574621 >>574620 "Thanks Tosa!" I smirked, then saw my opening as the alpha wolf is now busy! "Duck!" I then run in full gallop as I jump again with my hoof straight in the air about to land on to this dog's face! Again! "Hiyyaa!" Soul punch! -2 on my hp, target alpha
>>574624 Being immobile is making you a perfect target for the wolves! Get that chain free already! >>574625 You time your punch horribly, your hoof just dissappearing down his gullet, making him bite down on your shoulder, trapping your leg in his mouth! Get free, or you'll lose the leg!
>>574633 You leap on his back and use your chain to pry his jaws open, allowing Miyuki to pull both her leg and your chain out! Take advantage of this while you can! >>574635 With Tosa's help, you're free from his jaws at last. However, you're bleeding pretty badly… best to not use that leg more than you absolutely have to until it gets checked.
>>574638 You're signature chokehold is enough to bring even this mighty Alpha low. You could make a career out of doing this! >>574639 However shakily, you're back on your hooves. Now to clear these dogs out before Bigspear gets overwhelmed…
>>574662 You not only dodge, you kick it straight in the jaw! >>574664 You then slam the Alpha into the other wolf with a move that makes Bigspear's jaw drop as the crack of bones echoes through the caves.
>>574690 Your punch cracks several ribs and leaves him coughing up blood! Doesn't look like he'll last much longer… >>574689 …until Tosa's ill-timed toss ends up putting all the wolves right back on their paws.
>>574694 Trying to cleave from helpless ends about as well as you'd expect, with the only dog getting hurt being yourself. >>574700 Luckily, with Miyuki's help, you're back up on your paws and ready to fight! >>574701 Got it. Already done.
>>574710 That certainly stung! The already-winded wolf has to stagger back several feet as you pummel his already-abused torso. >>574711 and with a gory, blood-splattering swing of your chain, the Alpha's skull caves in, sending him toppling to the ground in a pool of his own blood. For a moment the chamber is silent as the Alpha and his guards fall. Then, every last wolf still standing turns and runs.
>>574722 Panting and covered in scratches, though he rushes over the minute you land on your bad leg and collapse to the ground in pain. "Stupid pony," he mutters as he does his best to bandage your leg, "why you go get yourself hurt like this?" Once your leg is bandaged up, he picks you up and starts carrying you. "Need to get you to see doctor soon." >>574725 Well, there's this main area to explore, then there's the dead end you avoided at the entrance.
>>574729 I nod at you. "I see, then lets take a look, perhaps the big dumb dog can help you in hauling whatever we find." I smile.
>>574728 "Ahh.. h.. hey.. ow…..:" I wince as he began taking care of my bad leg and just scrunch as he carried me up. I then glance at him with a look that both read irritance and affection. "I… its all your fault you know that you horny bastard…." I grit my teeth as I said in a hushed voice.
>>574731 You find the bones of some long-dead adventurers, as well as their gear! Roll to see what you get. >>574738 "Not one who shoved hoof down wolf's throat," he points out, giving your rump a teasing pinch. "Besides, pony had fun too, remember?"
>>574742 "I kind of do, well I think he should help out." I then look at Bigspear.
>>574743 I blush and scrunch at him as I lightly slap his nose. "I am limping and can barely even walk as we make our way here to Tosa. Dont tell me you are not part of why I got in danger stupid dog." I look at him and wrap my hooves around his neck. "I.. if you just control yourself… you always wanted to use and release yourself inside me… you horny bastard…. " I wince as I boop his nose affectionately, my tag jingles slightly.
>>574744 You find a sizeable collection of gems and and coins… as well as a length of chain that seems to be impossibly well preserved! As you pick it up, the reason becomes clear; this chain is enchanted! Grappling is now a Ranged ability in addition to it's other tags. Grabbing objects at a distance is now an automatic action out of combat. >>574751 You don't find anything but his eyes looking into yours and his paws on your flanks as he kisses you. "I am sorry for that, pony," he rumbles affectionately. "Next few days, I let you recover, okay?" Then he leans in and whispers, "Then you get to meet my friends."
>>574762 There's not much to gather, but eventually you have a neat little pile ready for burying. The chain might not be a work chain, but it's sturdy and solid enough to do the job. >>574763 He grins widely and nuzzles you back. "Thickear and Rockjaw… maybe Rockjaw bring his pet pony too~"
>>574787 He just chuckles and rubs your blue flame cutie mark. "I think pony will like my friends…"
You manage to carve a simple message: Here lies some unknown wanderers Who met their demise in this cave May they rest in peace >>574790 "Agreed." Bigspear then shoulders one end of your chain to drag the wolves back. "Shall we get going?"
>>574751 Oh, you did manage to find something! It's long and thick, and has all these wierd bumps and ridges. There's also a weird set of half-circles on the bottom, and a switch on the flat side. >>574797 Bigspear archs an eyebrow at your find before giving you a knowing grin. >>574796 "Agreed. We'll come back and collapse the caves."
>>574805 You arrive back at the caravan about an hour before dinner and drop the wolf carcasses off with a skinner, who promises to pay you when he's done. Where to in the hour before dinner? >>574807 He grins and picks it up, putting it in his pack.
Back at the caravan, Bigspear immediately carries you to the nearest doctor. "Well now," The mare says as she examines your leg, "What happened here?"
>>574809 I gasp as the doctor began the work. "Bitten by a big wolf that we dispatched earlier, we did kind of a good job since with them taking care'd of they will never bother any caravans anymore, it will be a fast job… if I had my whole body working fine and not limping….. no thanks to him." I glance at Big spear.
>>574814 She smiles as you approach. "I see the task I gave to you was completed, and you saw it through." She has potions, lotions, even some aphrodisiacs if you're into that sort of thing. What are you looking for? >>574816 "Mm-hm," she mumbles, glancing at your collar before getting back to work. "Well, it's not pretty. You're going to need stitches for this. You also have some bites on your neck; not as deep, hardly broke the skin actually. You're a lucky mare."
>>574819 I blush as arrange my mane to cover the bite marks on my neck. "Ah… well they are no…. I mean yes they tried to bit me but I slipped ahahaha…" I smile. I then look as she began to stitch it. "It will not cause that much damage right? I mean it will heal in time." I look at my wound a bit worried.
>>574827 "Nah, it missed all the important bits. You'll be right as rain in a week or two." >>574829 She pulls out three different potions. "This one is for illness needing remedy, This one is for scratches that continue to bleed, This one is for wounds that carry disease, and this one is for one with grievous injuries."
>>574842 He is, smiling gently as he sees you looking for him. "Glad pony will be all right. Would be sad if she was hurt." "Yes, thank you for bringing her straight to me. It helped minimize the damage the tissue suffered." >>574844 It takes a bit of the money you found, but you still have plenty left over. "Is that all you seek today, or should I send something else your way?"
>>574848 He's… yelling at Path, who currently has his ears laid flat as he waits to be unhitched from the wagon. "No, no, NO! Try again!" "A, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, m, l, n…" "No, you imbecile! It is "j-k-l-m-n-o-p!" Try again!" "a, b, c, d…" >>574851 Still sore, but functional! "I believe so. Just make sure not to overstrain your leg for a week or so, okay? Don't want you tearing the stitches."
>>574854 "Because I cannot let such a travesty stand!" "I told him it wasn't a big deal," Path mutters quietly, looking away as he blushes. "Not a big deal?! Boy, not knowing how to read is a very big deal! Why, you don't even know the alphabet!" "I can talk…" "'I can talk,' he says! Phah!"
>>575979 I make sure my cape is properly covering me before I start to move about. If nothing's happening, I'm gonna look for anything interesting that might be happening. Maybe there's something small I can pick up too on my morning round.
>>575980 Not much is happening aside from breakfast being served. This also means that most of the wagons are getting left unattended. You can roll to shift through the contents of any cart you wish. Right now, there are three carts nearby; a rundown patched-up hodgepodge of scrap wood that looks like it's about to fall apart any second now, a simple four-wheel cart with subtle patterning on the sides and a discreet cloth covering, and a pioneer wagon with stylized artwork along the sides.
>>575982 I'll check through the second carriage's contents. Also make sure to check for any hidden caches, I remember that one time in Hoofboken when a merchant had stored all his bits in a box between the axles of the cart… '1d10'
>>575983 This seems to be the cart of a wood-carver, filled with various carvings and stylized pieces of furniture. However, your knowledge serves you well, allowing you to find a hidden box between the axles of the cart. It's locked, so you'll have to roll to pick the lock, but there's definitely something worthwhile inside.
>>575985 No can do, compadre. This box is attached tight; besides, the merchant would be sure to miss it, and something like this wouldn't be easy to hide. You manage to pick the lock, but it was more difficult than you thought. A thorough examination would make it obvious the lock was picked, though a passing glance wouldn't. Inside, there's quite a large stockpile of money; several bag's worth, in fact! However, if you take it all, that would be pretty obvious…
>>575987 A clean getaway; he probably won't even realize he's been robbed until he takes count of his stash. You came out with about enough money to buy a small wagon if you wanted; not sure where you'd get one. The point is, it's more than enough to live off of for the next few weeks.
>>575991 "'ere ya go, mon," the zebra serving it calls, sliding you a mug full of the good stuff. "Bring dey mug back when ya done, a'ight?" There's plenty of places to sit with your food and drink. What type of area are you looking for?
>>575995 Some time later… You and the other guards were assigned to eliminate some wolves that have harassed the caravan before. As you creep through the woods, you can see what looks to be the entrance to a cave up ahead. Roll perception.
>>576001 >>576002 Well damn son! Right in the mouth! No wonder he falls to the ground whining; that probably hurt like a bitch! Of course, now his buddy is back up and looking for vengeance! Roll to dodge!
Morris: 5/5 hits/wounds
Wolf Sentry: 5/4 hits/wounds Wolf Guard: Helpless/3 hits/wounds
>>576091 Irvone looks at you slack-jawed as Path obediently begins again. "A, b, c, ch, d, e, f, g…" Irvone shakes his head and stares at you. "…what?" >>576092 As you head up that way, you pass a runt diamond dog and a griffon trying to teach a pegasus the alphabet. The pegasus has his wings tightly bound and is wearing a collar with a tag that reads "T O S A."
>>576097 Irvone shakes his head. "Excuse me, which alphabet are you using, exactly?" Path hangs his head in shame and starts again. "A, b, c, ch, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, ll, m, n, o…" >>576095 The griffon glances at you. "Oh hello. We are trying to educate this poor soul, but are running into some… difficulties."
>>576099 He blinks, then slaps his head. "Of course! You're meaning the Saddlish alphabet! It has three more letters than the Equuish alphabet, you see. Did you… did you have to teach yourself how to read?" >>576100 Irvone guffaws as you refer to the pegasus as a lass. The pegasus himself just blushes furiously and scrunches as he looks away. "You hear that, Path? Better do a better job hiding that makeup! Ah, but I joke. Path here is a criminal captured by my good friend Tosa here when he tried to attack the caravan."
>>576103 "I had to teach myself to figure out some of the bigger words. Everyone gets taught the basics, since you need them to follow instructions others leave behind, but not much more than that. Got lucky and found the book and just tried to read what I could."
>>576104 "Well, I'll be darned. It's the first I've ever heard of those letters. Where you from that you get those?"
>>576109 "It's chilly and nice. The guards are corrupt as all hell though. You could get away with murder if you had enough bits. Not that I ever had to. Trottinghäfvn is a huge port city on the ice sea too, a lot of fishing and some cold-water piracy there."
>>576105 >>576104 "Enough, enough you two!" Irvone interjects. "The poor boy doesn't even know one language's alphabet, and you're trying to teach him three!" For his part, Path has curled up as best he can in his harness and put his hooves against his head. Realizing your eyes are on him, he stumbles to his hooves. "I-I can do it, really! Uh, A, ae, o, b, c, ch, l… um… I…"
>>576114 He hangs his head in shame. "Sorry for being so dumb… I'm not a very smart pony…" The pat on the head seems to have calmed him down, though. >>576115 The griffon screeches as if you'd just kicked him someplace sensitive. "What is the point?! How can you expect him to read if he doesn't know the alphabet?! Imbecile!"
>>576118 "No… I wouldn't last five minutes out there… besides, I chose Tosa. I'm not leaving her." >>576119 "Thanks… Is Irvone right about three languages using the same alphabet? It seems a little silly to borrow an alphabet, add a few letters, and say it's a new language…"
>>576120 "It's a bit more complicated than that. Punishment for Banditry is harsh for a reason, but him and his acquisition oriented friends did less than a stellar job of that. Company seems fine with putting him to work instead."
>>576121 "Guess so. I'll admit that my learning is based on an old dictionary I found under the Earth. I'd listen to what Irvone has to say about all that."
>>576124 "And I'm grateful for that," he interjects, smiling as he nuzzles your paw. "You've been really good to me." >>576123 "Better than any other deal I've ever gotten. I spend so much time as a lackey and essentially a whipping-boy for the strongest gang member, I figured I might as well get to choose my master."
>>576125 "Between Path's friends and those wolves we were sent to clear out earlier, it's been just a boring haul so far."
>>576126 "You're going to wear yourself out thinking on that. Focus on the now, you've got me and Irvone trying to get you an education. You're still closer to a pet, but even you can see the light at the end of this tunnel."
>>576127 He shivers and blushes as you refer to him as a pet. "Yes ma'am. So, which language do you want me to learn again?…" "Let's start with Equuish," Irvone interjects. "Maybe after that, he can move on to the Saddlish." Want to roll to see how well you do teaching him the alphabet today? >>576128 He just looks away and blushes.
>>576128 >>576130 Unfortunately, it seems having three alphabets thrown at him at once left him having much greater difficulty, often accidentally adding a letter from one of the other alphabets or getting them in the wrong order. Finally, Irvone sighs and waves his talon for silence. "Enough. We have done all we can for now; the rest shall have to wait until tomorrow. Until then, we should all go have some dinner before it gets dark."
>>576133 Yup, the zebra and the goat seem to be doing all right. The Diamond dog, though… "I can break these chains!" "No," Bigspear sighs, "you can't break those chains." "HUAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH-" He seems to be doing a better job of just flexing his muscles than he is of actually having an impact on the chains. "Jerob, stop," the goat groans. "Just… just stop." "AH CAN BREAK THESE CHAINS!"
>>576135 Path just siddles closer and tries to hide behind you. "Can we… can we please just move on? I… I don't want to have to deal with them right now." >>576136 "Tosa," Irvone remarks, "It looks like you gave that one brain damage."
>>576138 "T-thanks…" You all line up together, Path easily keeping you all between him and his former companions. Soon you reach the front of the line, where the same cook as before recognizes you. "Ah, good to see you back. The same as last time, I presume?" >>576139 "Oh, a new addition to your group?"
>>576141 "Yes, we already have the disposal's portion prepared," he chuckles, hoofing over a carnivore dish of a burger, fries, and some hushpuppies. and a bowl of… something nasty-looking. Some pieces of vaguely recognizable vegetables are floating in it, but… ew. "Hope the boy likes stew!" The whole cooking crew busts out laughing. >>576142 "One herbivore meal, coming right up! It's Daffodil sandwiches and Hay-fries with broccoli tonight!" He passes you your plate. "Bring it back when you're done!"
>>576144 He accepts the bowl gratefully and curls up under the table. "…I'm used to it…" He doesn't dig in with his previous ferocity, though, opting to pick through the mess in search of the edible bits. >>576145 "I see. I'll remember that when preparing your breakfast!"
Another day, another paycheck. The Caravan continues along it's way, free of wolf attack thanks to your clearing their cave out. This morning dawns on a rather rainy day that has all the merchants scurrying to cover their goods and themselves.
CANELA Lucky for you that your large hat is keeping the rain out of your eyes. Unfortunately, now your tummy's rumbling. Too bad you were stationed someplace where none of the interesting stuff happened, but now you've been transferred to where the real action will be! …Hopefully.
>>577671 In Bigspear's tent, of course! Which of course explains the enormous arm currently wrapped around you. Even as you realize this, Bigspear grunts in his sleep and pulls you closer, nuzzling into your mane as the collar tag around your neck jingles. >>577672 Umm… maybe? Where's the last place you remember being? >>577674 Possibly… there's a lot of carts around here; plenty of targets for you to choose from.
>>577675 Uhhmm… perhaps nuzzle a little to feel good a bit, before thinking this is a bad idea since well… diamond dog kind of smell. Alright lets try to wriggle out of his grasp and stand up to stretch myself.
>>577676 There! That cart's untended; perfect opportunity for you to sneak a look. >>577677 Well, this place has ponies in it, and a lot of carts too. Maybe you didn't get lost after all! >>577680 Bigspear's really strong- as if you could forget that -so you'd need to roll to get free without waking him. Unless you want to wake him…
>>577685 Basically, there's a bunch of meanies out there who want to hurt these ponies and take their stuff. Your job is to keep the meanies away if they ever show their faces. >>577686 The inside of the cart is filled with cases of silverware. This must be a silverware merchant's cart. You could pinch some silverware, or keep looking for some more solid currency. >>577687 He's sleeping soundly enough that wriggling out isn't too much of a hastle. You're free of his grip, though it looks like he won't stay asleep for long with your warmth gone.
>>577688 Perhaps check on myself if any damage is done. Am I fit for fighting? Rested well? No limping? No weakness? no wet spots from my flank? Also gather my gear and get ready to get outside, let him sleep in his bed alone.
>>577690 Well rested, yes. No limping or weakness either, though you're still a little bit sore. All in all, you're fit for fighting! …Though you may need a bath. And it'll be several days before you reach the nearest river. >>577689 A few times, but they were all swiftly repulsed. Everyone's waking up and headed out to get their breakfast. >>577692 Carefully skimming only a few from each case, you make off with a decent haul. You might not be able to sell them until the caravan reaches civilization, but hey, money! >>577696 Of course he is; he's your bed after all! Looks like yesterday wore him out; he's still sleeping like a rock. Though he is pretty comfortable…
>>577699 Well, the line of ponies doesn't seem to be walking away with sticks or stones, but they do have plates with taters and hot porridge. >>577700 Her, you mean. Tosa is a girl. Unless you meant Bigspear; in which case, his mare is right over there, emerging from his tent right now. >>577701 He sighs contentedly, then snorts and shakes his head. "Hushubawhu? Whut ti-" His jaws stretch as he gives a great big yawn. "Time to get up already?" >>577702 Well, it's raining, so that might help wash you off. Everyone's covering their goods up before heading to go get breakfast. That one unicorn Morris seems to be scanning the area.
>>577708 Your getting it is accompanied by a request for you to bring the plate and bowl back when you're done. The porridge is actually pretty good; the chefs must have mixed in some spices. >>577709 Nice and clean pony, even managing to clean under your collar. Unfortunately, there's not really any way for you to dry off, so you're going to be soaked for a while. >>577710 "Yes, master." He waits for you to hop off, then stretches long and hard, sighing as his back pops back into place. "Sounds like it's raining outside." >>577707 Looks like it's taters and Porridge for breakfast today. There's a goat commenting loudly on how good the porridge is over in the corner.
>>577716 He blinks in surprise, then smiles gratefully as he submissively lowers his head. "Thank you for thinking of me, master. I think I'm ready; should I help gather the blankets?" >>577715 >>577714 Well, here comes a unicorn who hasn't started eating yet. He's making his way right for you! >>577717 Well, you're not soaked anymore, but you're still wet. Maybe you should just go get breakfast already.
>>577718 Ah! Correct, at least I am clean now that is what matters! "Yoosh! Lets get to it." I head to… whereever food is served in the caravan for us guards? I mean we do need sustenance so I expect these caravan owners owe us specially with how we kinda killed those wolves who are buggering us."
>>577718 "Of course. You're my responsibility, which means I gotta look out for you. Stuff like that means making sure you're safe and dry. Now, put these in the high up shelves, then we can skedaddle."
>>577720 Today the breakfast is spiced porridge and taters. There's a goat and unicorn chatting nearby. >>577722 He does as he's told, folding them neatly before putting them up on the shelves you indicated.
>>577728 Not very long today. Did you remember to get him a poncho and one for you? >>577725 >>577724 You're approached by >>577727 , a unicorn wearing a large collar with a tag that reads "B I G S P E A R S P E T S L U T." She's also very wet, and smells faintly of soap.
>>577730 That tag isn't pg-8, I can't read that. >>577727 "Eh, it's not a monday if you don't believe it's a monday! It's just another day! I don't believe in mondays!" >>577729 "Somewhere, doing somethings… I tried hunting big walking statues but it didn't work out! Who are you? I'm Canela!"
>>577731 Sausage and bacon. The chef passes you a bowl filled with slop and… other stuff for Path. "Remember to bring your dishes back when you're done!" There's a goat chatting loudly with your other companions about the food.
>>577734 I scrunch. "Not a jewelry, some asshole stick it to my neck and I cant somehow take it off. Fucker is of good help and defeated the wolves but he is still an asshole." I grit my teeth as I eat.
>>577737 "That's the short and long of it, aye." >>577736 I chortle even louder. "Haha! And I thought I was the only one who didn't have an affinity to collars!" >>577739 "Hello there, Tosa, was it? And you brought your pup too?"
>>577741 "Yeah, like, you said-" Clean my throat and imitate his voice perfectly. "some *beeeep* stick it to my neck and I cant somehow take it off. *beeeep* is of good help and defeated the wolves but he is still an *beeeep*!" And then look at her like nothing happened. >>577742 Chortle. "I like you!"
>>577743 "That's great news for me, then. Maybe we'll get an assignment together." >>577744 "Yeah, that makes sense. Never know what kind of ne'erdogoods we have in this here caravan. Excuse me as I return my plate." I return the plate and come back to the group.
>>577742 "I try to pay no mind to it but yes I am not fond or even a fan of it you see. It feels constricting at times, no a lot of times."I then eat my porridge. "How about you? Came here for an easy bit? This caravan business is good for us guards I mean they are willing to hire this many to guard them right?"
>>577743 "Uhmmm… alright? That sounds kinda weird but are you sure about that?" I raise any eybrow as I eat.
>>577758 "You'll have to find out for yourself. All's I know is that she can handle herself in a fight. If all then shiny pone's are like her, I'm wondering how they haven't already conquered the world."
>>577762 He silently passes you back the bowl. There's still a lot left in it; then again, looking at what is left in there, you can't really blame him. >>577761 >>577760 >>577755 A loud bell sounds to signal that the caravan is getting ready to leave. All the merchants start hooking up their carts and making sure their wares are okay.
>>577756 I chuckle. "Alright I'll stop as long as it does not hurt you. Sorry for that Canela." I finish my food, bring the dish to the washer and head straight back. "So are you here to be a guard or are you also another caravan owner Canela."
>>577757 I chuckle. "Sorry for that, I assume thats chicken?"
>>577767 >>577766 >>577765 >>577764 You all take your plates back up. "Ah, what's this?" The chef examines Path's bowl. "Not hungry today, eh featherhead?" There's a series of snickers as they start washing the dishes. Head over to Irvone's? >>577768 He just keeps his head down submissively. Roll perception.
>>577773 Eh, it was nothing. >>577774 The caravan seems to be doing decently, though a few carts are needing an extra push to get unstuck from the mud. Suddenly, a massive paw is picking you up and hugging you close to a massive, ripped chest. "Hello, Miyuki pony," Bigspear breathes as he nuzzles your mane. "Sleep good last night?" >>577775 "Thank y-" His stomach gives a loud rumble as he shoves a hoof over his mouth. "T-thank you…" "Hello there!" Irvone calls from his wagon. "Good to see you; let's get going before my books get soaked!" >>577776 There's a funny griffon wearing glasses waving you all over.
>>577778 This mud isn't giving you any traction! >>577779 "I… I don't know…" His face is starting to get a greenish tinge, and he seems to be breathing heavily. Irvone gives him a concerned look. "Is he feeling well? He looks a bit under the weather; more so than we, it seems." Path's stomach gives another gurgle as he clutches his belly. "S-something's not right…" he groans.
>>577783 "But caravans and carts are cool, I mean you can have a mobile home in where you can stay and sleep and its not that hard to pull them." "But yeah caravan and carts are restricted by the road so you cant and be unable to go trek the higher and steep parts of the landscape, I mean goats do love climbing if I am correct." I scratch my head.
>>577781 "Is good to hear," he croons, giving your ear a lick before setting you back down. "Pony smells good. Do something with your fur?" >>577783 "Why hello there!" He greets you cheerily. "Who do we have here?" >>577782 >>577785 Before you get the chance, there's another loud gurgle. Path's cheeks bulge as he clamps a hoof over his mouth and starts limping as fast as he can to the side of the road.
>>577788 He chuckles at that. "Fair enough, but who are you, if I may ask?" >>577789 >>577790 Morris accidentally steps on his chains, tripping him up and causing him to fall into the ditch. He only manages to get pick himself halfway up before he starts retching his guts out.
>>577787 I shiver as he licks my ears. "I kind of did, I mean that smell of yours stuck to my coat so I kind of needed that… not to mention the way you do things.. are kind of messy." I frown as I step back.
>>577794 >>577795 It takes a while, but thanks to both of you, he finally finishes, leaving no trace on any of you as he rinses his mouth out with some water Morris helpfully provided. "T-thanks… I-I don't know what came over me…" >>577793 "Oh, a talented young nanny, are you?" He chuckles as he leans forward. "Tell me, what all magic tomes have you been studying?" >>577798 He just smirks as he gives your tail a tug. "Thank you for compliment. I have to help push carts now…" He bends down and pulls you into a kiss. "…but will see you tonight, pet~"
>>577802 >>577803 "N-no… there was… was something in the food…" He has to pause and gasp for breath, his face still a little pale. "I-it tasted off… like someone mixed in bitter nuts or something… it's why I didn't finish." >>577805 >>577806 "B-but if you're pulling the cart, then… what am I supposed to do?"
>>577807 "Don't you worry your little head about that. I told you I was going to make sure you're happy and healthy enough to work, just go ahead and walk along or ride if you feel you can't tough it then."
>>577812 He smiles and motions for you to follow him. "This way; big cart stuck, they need my help." As you walk along he reaches down and scratches you behind the ears. "So, what Miyuki want to learn about Bigspear?" >>577815 The first part of the day goes well enough, with the rain letting up around noon. Path continues to make progress with his studies, eventually managing to repeat the entire alphabet in order. It's later when Irvone pokes his head out. "If I may be so bold… why do you take his health so seriously? Most would be content to work him to death, but you…"
>>577818 "It's just, I don't think I've ever seen someone so defeated that they think giving themselves up is their best option in life. I feel a good bit a pity and a deal of remorse for having him broken him that hard, so much so that he offered himself as property for a smidgen of mercy. I know he shoulda gotten worse, but if I, we, can help him, I can't deny that."
>>577820 He nods thoughtfully at this, eying back into his cart where Path presumably is. "Indeed. I've never seen anyone like him before; I think he was broken long before he showed up here. Considering that he did not actually harm anyone or anything… Regardless, I find myself impressed by your compassion; few would have spared a bandit enough of a second glance to realize how defeated he truly is. I think you can do much good for him." >>577821 He smiles fondly down at you. "Miyuki pony very pretty; very lovely face, beautiful eyes. Wide, child-bearing hips too. Also strong, very strong; fight good, fight hard. Know how to hit, how to win. Yet also have sense of justice; know when to strike and when to hold back. And Miyuki strong-willed; not bend to others easily. Do things because you want to, not because they want them. If you not wanted to be my pet, could have busted my jaw and walked away." He leans down and nuzzles your cheek. "But Miyuki pony chose to stay."
>>577828 "THanks, but don't discount yourself. I'm counting on your educating him to really get the best out of him. 'Sides, I never really knew my own strength. Poor little Pup was wrapped in so many chains when I managed to pull him in that all that was visible was his head and his wings. After a lifetime of being tossed around, to wind up as close to a cat's toy like that didn't help."
>>577828 I blush hearing all of this from him and lower my head as he nuzzle's. "I.. uhmm.. thanks." I gulp upon hearing all of this. "Yes, I fight hard, and I am strong, a bit pretty too now that you point it out." I blush as I held my head high and follow him. "But wide-child-bearing hips?" I scrucnh.
>>577832 He chuckles and waves his talons dismissively. "Ah, I simply could not abide such a sharp mind as his remaining ignorant; I simply had to act! Though… perhaps you did overdo it just a tad." >>577833 He laughs and pats your back. "Yes. Good cushioning too." He gives your rump a quick squeeze. "Lots of fun to hold. Ah, here we are!" He leaves your side to brace himself against a large wagon clearly stuck in the mud. "Now, Miyuki pony watch me work, yes?"
>>577835 I squeek as he squeeze it and just look angry at him. "Hey, come on. You squeezed me a lot when we are sleeping back then so focus on your work." "Also… holding lots of fun?" I just raise an eyebrow. As he ask if I am going to watch him work, I just raise my head and act snooty. "It is your task, my task is to guard not to help you in anything… baka."
>>577836 There seems to be a bit of a holdup; one of the wagons ahead busted an axle when a wheel got caught in the mud. >>577840 He chuckles, a glint flashing through his eyes… And then he's straining against the cart, flexing every single muscle in his body as hard as they can flex as he slowly lifts the cart out of the mud, actually holding it up in the air for a moment before gently setting it down, the rainwater on his fur highlighting every curve and bulge as his muscles ripple beneath his skin.
>>577856 "Well… Yeah. That's pretty smart thinking, lass!" >>577858 Well, Tosa was fixing a cart, but it just collapsed while she was still under it. Miyuki is with Bigspear, watching him dislodge a cart from the mud (It's a rainy day today.) >>577860 He laughs and pats you on the rump. "Silly pony, guards don't pull carts, we guard them!"
>>577869 With your help, it's not long before the axle gets replaced. "Well, you have my thanks for your help. Here, I'm a merchant of various cookingware; maybe I could let you take a look through my stock as thanks." >>577870 I assume you're meaning Miyuki and Bigspear? Bigspear clearly didn't need any help, lifting the cart into the air before setting it back down. >>577872 You notice Luvi trailing along behind you.
>>577885 He grins widely. "A better question would be what don't I have. Here, let me show-" His spin is interrupted by an ear-splitting roar. >>577883 >>577879 The whole caravan goes quiet as an ear-splitting roar echoes from the right. Bigspear glowers and tightens his grip on his weapon. "Think we soon have trouble."
>>577894 >>577897 >>577898 With a ground-shaking crash, the trees burst open to reveal a hulking monstrosity of glowing blue flesh and fur, an enormous maw filled with razor-sharp teeth as large as blades lifting to roar to the sky as it bears down on the caravan, countless spots of light dotting it's hide. "Well, fuck," Bigspear sighs. "Not ursa minor, but baby cousin is still bad news."
>>577907 Your weighted chain cracks it right across the knees, making it roar in pain as it flashes with blinding light! #-1 to your next roll. >>577909 Your spear is ready, and burning with the flames of passion! Now pierce your prize and show your dominance! >>577908 As Tosa brings it to it's knees, you get the chance to sock it across the jaw. Unfortunately, that just seems to irritate it.
>>577911 It swings a paw at you, only sheer luck saving you by having it clip you. Damn if it doesn't feel like getting run over by a speeding cart, though! >>577913 It snorts and flicks you away; at least you landed on your feet. >>577912 It howls as your firebolt burns it's flesh, then turns its piercing eyes on you. #-1 to your next roll.
>>577915 It grunts and tosses it's head, throwing your chain right back at you. >>577916 That kick probably hurt! It's leg will bruise for sure! >>577917 It howls as your spear pierces it's neck, glaring at you with unbridled hatred as it struggles to stand. #-2 to your next roll.
>>577919 It's the Ursan who does the twisting, throwing you aside as it shakes you loose. >>577920 Your punch crackles with magical energy, making the beast scream to the heavens as it falls to the ground. Eyes filled with hatred come to bear on you. #-1 to your next roll. >>577921 Your strike helps bring it to it's knees, making it cry out as it's weight rests on it's damaged joints.
>>577926 It explodes in your face, throwing you to the ground as you burst into flames! DC+1 to attempts to get up from helplessness. >>577924 With a roar, it swipes at you as it stands, knocking you down as it's claws dig into you. >>577923 The same swipe nearly knocks you over too. Judging by the way it's glowering at you, it doesn't intend to miss twice.
>>577926 Talent: +2 Magic Bolt 5/5 hits/wounds magic bolt: spell, recharge 2, ranged; this volatile energy attack deals one additional hit of damage, but crit-fails on 2-. This spell can apply one Elementalist effect when cast. conjure weapon: instant spell, recharge 3; conjures a magic weapon of any one type for the duration of combat. Can apply any Elementalist effect you know. Crit applies Quality +1 to the weapon. Summoning a second weapon destroys the old one. Elementalist: fire: a target rendered helpless by a fire attack has a reduced chance of recovering (DC +1), and especially flammable targets take ongoing wounds. Fire spells can be used to warm and burn objects and the environment. Elementalist: lightning: target becomes helpless for one turn on a critical hit. Lightning spells can be used to shock and charge objects and the environment.
>>577928 You're back up! Unfortunately, so is it, and now you're bleeding from a few scratches! >>577930 You should have paid more attention to your surroundings; maybe then you wouldn't have gotten literally stomped into the ground. >>577931 And you are very strong of mind; so strong that you rise as if from a midafternoon's nap, ready to strike once more as the beast glowers at you. #-1 to your next roll.
>>577932 Uggh,,, bastard! I clench my teeth seeing at how big this monster we are fighting. Anything I can see that I can use against him? Anyway lets use my telekenesis and throw some pots and pans at him! '1d10'
>>577933 Burrowing almost works… until it digs it's claws into the ground, impaling you. At least they won't have to dig a hole to bury you in… >>577934 …They have about as much effect as you'd expect throwing stuff at a giant carnivore to have. Which is to say, you made it pay attention to you enough for it to hurt you. #-1 to your next roll. >>577935 Once more you call upon the flames to strike down your foe; once more they explode in your face.
>>577937 You manage to dig your way out and get free! >>577940 Once more you rise to your hooves. >>577942 Your hooves crackle with energy as you crack his jaw upward, his flesh burning away from the magical energy as he screams in pain. The massive bear howls and turns his furious gaze upon you. #-1 to next roll
>>577944 >>577945 That definitely brought it down! It sounds like you just shattered at least one of it's kneecaps! >>577946 The creature screams as your flames burn it's flesh away, dissolving sections of it away into nothingness. >>577947 Well, they brought it down… right on top of you.
>>578395 This isn't Dragonball Z, mare; striking a pose then leaping at the charging Ursan does not grant you magic powers, it just gets you trampled. >>578396 Dodging when your instincts(aka me) tell you to dodge would be a good idea. As it is, the collision causes you to enfeeble yourself! You are now helpless and Enfeebled. You cannot get up without help. >>578397 Digging gets you out of it's way, but it decides to show you that it can dig too! #-1 to next roll.
>>578405 The Ursan might be good at digging, but panic fuels your paws into tunneling harder than you ever have before! By the time you stop and look back, you can barely see the surface. It did the trick, though; he's no longer coming after you. >>578404 You're up! Literally! Apparently your leap did something after all, because you're now on top of the Ursan's head! >>578402 It's K.
Tosa: 7/3 hits/wounds OUT OF COMBAT Canela: Helpless/4 hits/wounds ENFEEBLED Miyuki: 5/2 hits/wounds DANGER
>>578419 >>578418 Tosa digs up under Canela, knocking her back to her feet! Hooves! Whatever! >>578423 It roars in pain as your hooves burn it's flesh, then starts shaking it's head to dislodge you! Roll to hang on!
>>578425 >>578426 Canela heals Miyuki, who manages to hang on and stay on top of the Ursan's head! >>578427 It's caught on to your strategy, and it's sick of you busting his kneecaps. With a snap of his paw, he pins your chain to the ground, disarming you and pulling you to the ground!
>>578435 No good! You don't have any Ursan teddies! >>578436 It… goes about as well as you'd expect. The Ursan archs an eyebrow as you punch it's leg, then casually raises it's paw and flicks you into a merchant's cart. Getting flicked through solid wood doesn't feel great. >>578437 With a final shake of his head, he manages to dislodge you!
>>578440 Nope. Considering the fact that it's advancing towards you, that's really, really bad. >>578442 That was flea powder! A remedy, sure, but not the kind she needs! >>578444 Bear stronk. Bear knock you out of the way as it stalks toward Tosa.
>>578447 Well, you saved Tosa by distracting it at least. However, brandishing a squeaky toy at it wasn't very effective at anything but getting yourself bit. >>578448 You manage to stagger back to your paws, but your chain is still on the ground behind the Ursan! >>578449 A good, solid hit! It definitely felt that one!
>>578456 Going to take more than that to keep you down! Even if this isn't your best day… >>578457 That's a big thing to try and move, and you're already weakened from numberous injuries. >>578458 That just makes it mad. Raising one massive paw, it stomps on you, crushing the remains of the merchant's wares as well as you. >>578460 At least it didn't explode in your face, but it missed.
>>578463 You close up her wounds like they were never even there! >>578465 Finally remembering how you've evaded it up till now, you burrow your way behind it and pick up your chain. >>578466 It chokes and gags at the foreign heat piercing it's jaws, tears streaming from it's eyes as it gurgles on Muatra. >>578468 …Not the brightest pony, are you, for trying to do something even after being told you can't do it? Your body does give out, and it gives out HARD. You'd have hit the ground painfully if not for Bigspear catching you.
>>578472 …You're sleepy all of a sudden… >>578475 It's scream echoes for miles as it's flesh burns away, sending it collapsing to the grounds as more of it evaporates away into nothing. >>578477 The attempt nearly makes you tear something, making your eyes water as pain shoots up your spine. "Stupid pet!" he scolds you. "Not hurt yourself further! Let me fix!" He pulls out some bandages and gauze. >>578478 You only barely manage to avoid losing your chain again!
Tosa: 5/3 hits/wounds Canela: OUT Miyuki: Helpless/1 hits/wounds GETS HEALED NEXT TURN Luvi: 4/3 hits/wounds
>>578480 The claws reaching for you probably would have hurt if not for Luvi finishing it off. >>578482 With one last thrust of Muatra, the beast is slain, disintegrating into seven brilliant orbs of light as the rest of it evaporates into a mist that races away into the sky!
>>578481 You're too injured to do much more than watch, and even then you're too busy celebrating the thing being slain to notice anything amiss until his fingers slip someplace that makes you shiver and blush. It's only then that your realize the bandages are also pinning your hooves against your chest, leaving you completely helpless in his grasp!
>>578487 "Thank you. People of my order are taught the many lessons of the crystal Queen, and we are encouraged to hone ourselves according to them in whatever way we see fit. This is the Walking Way I've chosen. Learn by serving."
>>578484 Well, one or two other carts are in shambles, but other than that, the caravan's fine. Which is practically a miracle, considering the size of it. >>578485 He smirks as he puts you over his shoulder, your tail hiding his paw as it parts you open and several fingers slip inside, immediately lighting upon the most sensitive nub and rubbing it gently. "Best way to celebrate a victory," he purrs into your ear. >>578486 You'd have to roll perception for that.
>>578491 He's already here, sobbing over his lost wares. He'll have to trek back to wherever he came from now, his big gamble having come to naught. This is the fate that so many face upon this trail, but the prize makes it worth the risk. >>578490 You would have missed it, had not her attempts at TK brushed her tail to the side just long enough for you to see what he is doing to her. >>578492 You end up instinctively brushing your tail to the side, putting yourself on display before Bigspear pulls it back over. "Then pony not try to put on show, lest they see."
>>578501 "Its proper etiquette you stupid fuck, like hell you would know what it is considering you live in a goddamn cave. Now put me down right now!" I try to jump off of his shoulder in anger. '1d10'
>>578506 You're successfully biting them, but you're not quite out of then yet. Bigspear picks you up and sits you in his lap with your back towards him, your legs automatically splaying out. >>578507 It's shorter and not as thick as his, though he didn't get the name "Bigspear" ironically. "You think I not been bottom for Alpha before? When one in charge tell you to bend over, you bend over. Is rules."
>>578512 "The same way you keep your own spear warm, of course. But I have more command, because Love is under my will only. I will have your head for a few moments more, then I will use tenderly your apertures. You would be wise to hide them. CADANS AE REKTI."
>>578506 "You are free to watch. Maybe you might learn something."
>>578517 Also, Miyuki is indeed still under him, as it's only one action that roll counts for. Besides, it's more fun if everyone's involved. >>578519 Miyuki can feel his hot shaft rubbing between her buns, a very familiar smell surrounding her: Bigspear's scent.
>>578526 "It goes back to another one of his lessons. You must cast away your fears of other's judgments and do as you wish. You don't want him taking you in full view of others? Show him he can't make you."
>>578529 He groans softly as you work, panting lightly as you work away at him, obviously fighting against the urge to thrust back gently against you. "So show I am wrong… by doing same to me? Not seeing your point."
>>578532 >>578531 A strange noise starts up as you continue. Is he… whining? Whatever he's doing, the fully-erect shaft dribbling precum shows that he's enjoying it, whether he wants to or not. "F-fucking… magic spears… n-no fair…" >>578533 He gasps as you make her be more forceful, shuddering as another batch of pre splatters onto the ground. He whines, pinning his ears back as he starts gently humping the spear penetrating him.
>>578538 >>578537 I just grin seeing him react before looking at Luvi. "Damn this is working, I didnt know you can get this kinky." I chuckled worryingly as I continue to dig into Bigspear. "Well I dont know who overtakes who but as long as he aint humping me likes he is used too then I am fine with that." '1d10'
>>578539 With one final submissive whimper, he sprays his load all over the ground, knot swelling on empty air as he saturates the ground with his spunk, a few spurts getting on his stomach and legs. "F-fuck, pony…"
>>578541 >>578542 Bigspear groans and rises to his feet, a little unsteady in his stance. "Point made. No more public sex." He leans down and takes Miyuki by the collar, dragging her over to him and whispering in her ear. "But I think tonight, I'll invite my friends over.~" His voice carries a dangerous undertone.
>>578548 Luckily, the wagon was out of the way of the fighting. However, it was pretty close by, and is peppered with debris. As you approach the wagon, Irvone pokes his head out. "Ah, Tosa! Good to see you are alright!"
>>578550 "Plenty bounced off, but thankfully that's all it did. Shame to hear about that, but only one? From an Ursan attack? Hah! I told you I had a good feeling about this trip! Usually we lose five or six before the beast gets driven off! The boy's in here. Poor lad's been worried sick about you. Could hardly focus on his lessons!"
>>578552 The moment you touch him, he looks up with wide eyes, then leaps at you before you can react, wordlessly hugging you as he buries his head against your chest. "To be fair, it is a valid concern. How many guards did we lose this time?"
>>578554 "I… I felt so useless," Path whimpers into your chest. "Knowing you were out there fighting and I was just sitting here… I hate feeling useless. I hate being useless. I… I wanted to help. To make sure you were all right…" "Really?" Irvone looks impressed. "You truly are an amazing dog, Tosa. Don't worry, I think he'll do just fine."
>>578555 "Thanks, Irvone. I'm counting on you to help too. He needs his basics down."
"As for you, Open Path, I'm going to count on you to make sure you escort this cart and any people away from danger. I'm fairly certain that they'll shy away from arming you and letting you come with, but they won't think twice if you offer them a hoof out of danger."
>>578556 Path bites his lip and nods, his grip loosening, though he continues to nuzzle your side affectionately. "Of course, of course!" Irvone proclaims proudly. "Though I must admit, he drinks it up like dry parchment draws water. He may lack the knowledge, but he has the heart and drive of a good pony."
>>578557 If he loosens his grip, I'll tighten mine.
"That's good to hear. I'll be leaving instructions to you Path, written ones, if we keep getting sent away like we were with the wolves. It's going to take some time and effort, but you're on the way to freedom, my little Pegasus."
>>578562 He laughs happily at that, eyes glistening with unshed tears of joy as he looks you in the eyes. Gradually, his laughter fades, though his smile remains. Something flashes through his eyes, some sort of… hesitation.
>>578564 He starts to blush. "Yeah, but… that's not what I'm thinking about…" His face is getting pretty close to yours… "Though, I… suppose this would be… new for me, too…" He almost looks scared, like he's ready to jump away at any second.
>>578566 "I…" His eyes unfocus at your treatment, his mouth hanging open before he gets ahold of himself again. His blush is even worse than before. "I… that is, uh… well…" He takes a deep breath. "Ithinkyou'rereallyprettyandcuteandIreallyreallylikeyouandyou'retheonlyonewhoseverbeennicetomeexceptforIrvonebutthatsbesidethepointandI'mramblingaboutthisbecauseI'mscaredtoadmitthat-" Determination flashes through his eyes, and he gives a defeated sigh. "Ah, the hell with it." Darting forward, he presses his lips to yours. It's just for a moment, but… has he been chewing mint? You distinctly taste mint. Barely has he started before he pulls away, his face absolutely crimson. "So, uh, yeah. Feel free to, you know, slap me now. Or just hate me forever, that works too, I guess." He sighs. "…Sorry. I… overstepped my bounds. I'll… punish me how you see fit."
>>578568 He starts giggling uncontrollably as you tickle him, his eyes wide as you admit it was your first. "T-that- heeheehee -was your first -hahahah, mercy please!- kiss too? heeheeehee W-what if hahahah y-you don't want another dogge? heehee, oh please, my sides!"
>>578569 "Well, what'll I offer now that you stole my first kiss! They'll probably smell that kiss on me! I'm going to make you work twice as hard to make up for it and I'll be expecting exceptional progress from your education, got it?"
>>578572 "B-but I gave you my first kiss too! Doesn't that-" He sighs dejectedly and puts his head on the floor, letting you use him as a pillow. "Never mind." He mutters under his breath, but with your doge hearing you still hear it. "Should have known she wouldn't be interested in a loser like me… stupid, stupid, stupid!"
>>578574 He just stares at you for a moment, blushing furiously. "…I won't. I swear I won't." As you drift off to sleep, the last thing you see is Path's head nuzzled up against your side, a smile on his face as he goes to sleep too. #Pause